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Many Rhode Islanders impacted by health insurance breach

Anthem Insurance says nearly 80,000 Rhode Islanders were affected by the breach, including 15,000 current and former members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Thousands of Rhode Islanders may have had their personal information compromised after a health insurance breach.

Anthem Insurance says nearly 80,000 Rhode Islanders have been impacted by the breach, including 15,000 current and former members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

It affects Rhode Island members who used their Blue Cross Blue Shield out of state with a place that accepts Anthem Insurance, which is a sister insurer.

"The information the hackers accessed included members' names, their dates of birth, [and] mailing addresses," said Martha Holt Castle, managing director of compliance and information assurance for of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. "In a limited number of circumstances, it included individuals' Social Security numbers, and also included members identification numbers"

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is in the process of notifying its members that may have been affected, including any Blue Cross Blue shield of Rhode Island individuals who received services in an Anthem state within the last decade.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is urging its customers to be on the lookout for any correspondence from Anthem. If they're contacting you, you're in the affected group.

Anthem is offering people services like free credit monitoring and identity theft repair assistance for up to two years.

In the meantime, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island says using your insurance in your home state is fine right now.

"Individuals who have a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island card can continue to use that without any concerns for continuity of care," said Holt Castle.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, as well as many other plans, have been affected.

Anthem says no financial data like credit card or bank information was compromised. No health records or medical information were affected.

Anthem is the nation's second largest health insurer.

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